The Miracle Mile
March 9th, 2013

Bannister vs. Landy 


On August 7, 1954 during the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, B.C., England’s Roger Bannister and Australian John Landy met for the first time in the one mile run at the newly constructed Empire Stadium.  

Both men had broken the four minute barrier previously that year.  Bannister was the first to break the mark with a time of 3:59.4 on May 6th in Oxford, England.  Subsequently, on June 21st in Turku, Finland, John Landy became the new record holder with an official time of 3:58.

The world watched eagerly as both men approached the starting blocks.  As 35,000 enthusiastic fans looked on, no one knew what would take place on that historic day. 
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